Saturday, December 20, 2008

Christmas French Onion Soup

Amy (Redheaded Diaries) got this pregnant woman craving French Onion soup. So yesterday I went ahead and made it. I thought it would be fun to make it Christmasy, so Jess and I cut the WW bread into stars. We brushed it with melted butter, garlic salt and oregano, then added mozzarella, Cheddar and Swiss. You broil it and it makes the best croutons to put in your soup. The kids hated the soup, but devoured the star croutons!
The final product! YUMMY!
Stacie's French Onion Soup
8 cups of thinly sliced onions (I buy the bag of pre-cut onions)
1/4 cup butter
3 TBS of sucanat or (2-3 teaspoons of molasses and 1 tsp of sugar)
3 TBS of flour
1/4 cup white wine or water
15 cups of beef broth (you want it nice and rich)
3 bay leaves
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
10 homemade cheesy croutons
Cheesy Croutons:
1 loaf of bread (cut into shapes if desired) or just made them an OK size to fit into a bowl. I used WW, but you can use any kind you want.
2 TBS butter melted
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/4 tsp oregano
1/4 cup shredded mozzarella
1/4 shredded Swiss
In a bowl, combine the butter, garlic salt and oregano. Brush over one side of each note. Place on a baking sheet; sprinkle with cheeses. Broil 4 in from the heat for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted.
In a large soup kettle , saute onions in butter. Cover and cook over medium heat for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the sugars (sucanat or mollasses and sugar). Cover and cook for 20 minutes. I like it a little sweeter, so you might have to adjust the sugar. In a small bowl, combine flour and wine or water until smooth. Add to onion mixture with broth, bay leaves, salt and Worcestershire sauce. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and cover and simmer till onions are translucent about 30 minutes or so. Discard bay leaves, ladle into bowls and top with croutons. I like to add some fresh grated Parmesan on top of the finished product! Yield: 10 servings.
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Cat said...

Are you craving it still? The finished product does look tastey.

Stacie, A Firefighter's Wife said...

It was tasty and yes, I'm still craving it. I'll have it for lunch tomorrow after church.

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

You better post it after teasing us with the pictures!

Cheesemakin' Mamma said...

P.S. Cute idea with the bread in the shape of stars.

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